Manager of Central Utilities

Massachusetts, United States
Salary Not specified
Jun 23, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Amherst College

Amherst Campus
Amherst Staff
Full time

Amherst has taken a leadership role among highly selective liberal arts colleges and universities in successfully diversifying the racial, socio-economic, and geographic profile of its student body. The College is similarly committed to enriching its educational experience and its culture through the diversity of its faculty, administration and staff.

Job Description:

Amherst College invites applications for the Manager of Central Utilities position. The Manager of Central Utilities is a full-time, year-round position, job group and level SM-2. Given Amherst's distinction as one of the most diverse liberal arts colleges in the country, the successful candidate will demonstrate the w ays in which they bring value to and will work towards supporting a broadly diverse community.

Provide day-to-day direction for the central utility plant. Schedule and train a diverse set of personnel, their work plans, and compliance initiatives; develop procedures for specialized tasks, monitor progress, assess results, and evaluate performance in these areas; oversee and coordinate all contracted maintenance in the plant. Develop and maintain ongoing preventive maintenance programs for all related mechanical systems to ensure maximum efficiency and dependability.

Plan and implement the central energy management system, including programming, scheduling of installations, and interfacing with existing systems. Gather, trend, and report all relevant utility operation and energy use data for optimization of the plant, informing purchasing decisions and assist in planning for appropriate budgets. Develop and submit all required regulatory and compliance documentation for the safe and legal operation of the central utility plant. Advise and assist on all federal and state regulatory compliance-related issues.

Under the direction of the Director of Facilities Operations, anticipate needs, recommend purchases, and monitor budget spending.

The Manager of Central Utilities takes appropriate actions to support a diverse workforce and student population and participates in the College's efforts to create a respectful, inclusive, and welcoming work environment. In addition, the Manager of Central Utilities is part of essential services and should report to work, or remain on duty, even when the college is closed.

Design & Construction
Review and advise on the design and planning of all new construction including renovations to campus utility systems and related mechanical systems. Review all specifications and submittals. Engage other department managers in coordinated initiatives across campus.

Requires attention to detail, problem-solving, organizational, interpersonal, project management, and communication skills, as well as the ability to multi-task and function efficiently under considerable time constraints.

Summary of Duties and Responsibilities
  • Oversee the safe and efficient operation of the Plant including maintenance, repair, planning, scheduling, and installation of all equipment and controls. Participate in energy procurement and fuel switching/arbitrage strategies. Provide support in the event of emergency calls. Prepare and manage the Plant's operating budget and coordinate with the Director of Facilities Operations on the preparation and management of Plant capital renewal budgets. Train and supervise a diverse staff. Maintain and implement Standard and Emergency Operating Plans. Conduct annual performance evaluations. Participate in capital project upgrades. Collaborate with other trades and services, including the Chiller Plant and Utility Distribution.
  • Provide knowledge of systems and engineering expertise related to the design, engineering, and operation of campus utility systems. Maintain permits and interact with various local, federal, and state agencies. Provide external support for architects and engineers as well as internal clients.

  • Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering plus 7 to 10 years of relevant experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience, including supervision;
  • Must possess a Second Class Engineer's license.
  • Knowledge of general distribution systems; experience with cogeneration and utility-grade plant operation.
  • Experience overseeing and scheduling plant operators.
  • A minimum of 7 years experience overseeing successful renovation and construction projects.
  • Attention to detail
  • Strong problem-solving, organizational, interpersonal, and project management skills
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Strong time-management skills, as well as the ability to organize and prioritize work, take initiative, resolve problems and manage multiple tasks simultaneously and function efficiently under emergency conditions
  • Commitment to contributing to an intentionally inclusive and respectful climate

  • Master's Degree in Mechanical Engineering and 10+ years of relevant experience

Amherst College requires all employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 (medical and religious exemptions may apply).

Amherst College is pleased to provide a comprehensive, highly competitive benefits package that meets the needs of staff and faculty and their families. Benefits are an important part of our overall compensation, so it is critical that you review all of the options to ensure it meets your total compensation requirements. Click here for Benefits Information .

Interested candidates are asked to submit a resume and cover letter online at . Please be sure to upload all requested documents prior to clicking Submit. Applications cannot be revised once submitted. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.
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